Arts and Culture

Debby Bloom holds one of her paintings that will be featured at Coppa in Juneau. Courtesy image.

Q&A with Debby Bloom: ‘A quirky view of our natural world’

Drop into the Coppa coffeehouse at 917 Glacier Ave. this month and you’ll have a hard time not noticing walls saturated by the colorful work… Continue reading

Debby Bloom holds one of her paintings that will be featured at Coppa in Juneau. Courtesy image.
Astraea carrying foam blocks to use for flotation in the ramp. Photo by Tara Neilson.

Growing up hands-on

“When is it my turn to use the sledgehammer?” Astraea, the 12-year-old girl we have staying with us this summer, demanded. We were working on… Continue reading

Astraea carrying foam blocks to use for flotation in the ramp. Photo by Tara Neilson.
Diego SunWoo, age 8, holds volumes of his zine “Happy Mollusk.” Courtesy image.

August First Friday

Happy Mollusk Zine by Diego SunWoo Kindred Post 145 South Franklin St. 4:30-7 p.m. Diego SunWoo (age 8) will be releasing the first four volumes… Continue reading

Diego SunWoo, age 8, holds volumes of his zine “Happy Mollusk.” Courtesy image.
Children participate in a sack race at the Sitka Seafood Festival in 2014. Photo by Bobbi Jordan.

Sitka Seafood Festival returns

The Sitka Seafood Festival is returning to the summer scene after last year’s absence. The festival has been an opportunity for the Sitka community to… Continue reading

Children participate in a sack race at the Sitka Seafood Festival in 2014. Photo by Bobbi Jordan.

Writers’ Weir: The Leaf

Some greener, some just blossomed, some have withered and soon will fall. Which one are you? How did you spend your time in the tree?… Continue reading

Della Cheney. (Photo by Alfie Price)

Haida woman releases book on traditional weaving

Della Cheney’s book “Weaving Our World”, published on May 26, is a reminder of the importance traditional practices can, and should, still have on the… Continue reading

Della Cheney. (Photo by Alfie Price)
California residents Eric Simoni, JT Thomson and Eric Smith were at the right place at the right time on Prince of Wales last week. Photo by Jeff Lund.

Value the moment, even if it’s fishless

There is nothing new under the sun. So really, there are no new fishing columns. Unless of course you’re talking about new technology, which I… Continue reading

California residents Eric Simoni, JT Thomson and Eric Smith were at the right place at the right time on Prince of Wales last week. Photo by Jeff Lund.
“Fishing in Nome” - Sarah Betcher. Courtesy image.

JUMP Society: A place for local filmmakers

Since the summer of 2002, the Juneau Underground Movie Picture Society (JUMP) has been entertaining Juneau-ites with its twice yearly film festivals, while at the… Continue reading

“Fishing in Nome” - Sarah Betcher. Courtesy image.
Anna Brown Ehlers and the Killer Whale Chilkat blanket, the longest Chilkat blanket in history. It’s eight feet wide and seven feet long. Courtesy image.

Chilkat weaver earns national honors

Anna Brown Ehlers’ artistic mastery in Chilkat weaving has earned her a place as one of the nine recipients of a 2017 National Endowment of… Continue reading

Anna Brown Ehlers and the Killer Whale Chilkat blanket, the longest Chilkat blanket in history. It’s eight feet wide and seven feet long. Courtesy image.
Ernestine Hayes laughs at a Sept. 2015 49 Writers Crosscurrents panel called “Shaped by the North.”

Writer laureate launches story project for Alaskans

Everyone who is alive today has created their own unique stories simply through their existence. Alaska State Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes is an advocate for… Continue reading

Ernestine Hayes laughs at a Sept. 2015 49 Writers Crosscurrents panel called “Shaped by the North.”
Janine Gibbons at The Fleet. Photo by Chelsea Tremblay.

Bringing a Petersburg artist’s Fleet together

It happens fast. When the fishermen go to the grounds and leave empty harbor stalls, I find myself imagining Petersburg in the wintertime. I know!… Continue reading

Janine Gibbons at The Fleet. Photo by Chelsea Tremblay.
Paul Theroux with wife Sheila by the White Pass Railway train tracks. Image courtesy of Katie Bausler.

Discovering writer Paul Theroux at Skagway’s North Words

“All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.” -Mao Tse Tung (as quoted by Paul Theroux) Before we signed up for the North Words Writer’s Symposium,… Continue reading

Paul Theroux with wife Sheila by the White Pass Railway train tracks. Image courtesy of Katie Bausler.
Bank after attempted robbery looking northeast on Sept. 15, 1902. Photo by William H. Case and Horace H. Draper. Image courtesy of the Alaska State Library. Identifier: ASL-P39-0466.

‘I want $20,000 or I will blow up the building’

No town of the Wild West is complete without a few saloons, dastardly villains, dashing heroes, violent shootouts, and at least one bank heist. Skagway… Continue reading

Bank after attempted robbery looking northeast on Sept. 15, 1902. Photo by William H. Case and Horace H. Draper. Image courtesy of the Alaska State Library. Identifier: ASL-P39-0466.

UAS professor wins CLIA award

An Alaska Native language advocate, a longtime librarian, an elementary school publishing program, and a project to give free books to children in Alaska’s airports… Continue reading

JACC calls for brochure art

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will soon present Season 44 of the Performing Arts and Culture Concert series, special fundraising event, free community events,… Continue reading

A thunderstorm develops near the Nevada and Idaho border. Photo by Jeff Lund.

The lost art of the road trip

Airplanes have ruined the road trip. I love efficiency and the ability to get to far off places in less time, of course, but there… Continue reading

A thunderstorm develops near the Nevada and Idaho border. Photo by Jeff Lund.
Writers’ Weir: Comforted

Writers’ Weir: Comforted

I cry out as I fall again. Wounded, bleeding, moaning in pain. Still so far to go. Steep mountains are my only sights behind the… Continue reading

Writers’ Weir: Comforted
”Amalga South” by Patti Hutchens-Jouppi. Courtesy image.

July First Friday listings

“Intertidal” Coppa 917 Glacier Ave. #102 Reception: 4-6 p.m. Local artist Patti Hutchens Jouppi will be opening a collection of 20 new oil paintings titled… Continue reading

”Amalga South” by Patti Hutchens-Jouppi. Courtesy image.
Actor Ansel Elgort attends a special screening of “Baby Driver”, hosted by TriStar Pictures and The Cinema Society, at Metrograph on Monday, June 26, 2017, in New York. Photo by Brent N. Clarke | Invision.

Review Reel: Go, “Baby Driver,” go!

I am so weary of doom and gloom action thrillers. Too often are we subjected to burly Rambo types who slow-walked out of their mother’s… Continue reading

Actor Ansel Elgort attends a special screening of “Baby Driver”, hosted by TriStar Pictures and The Cinema Society, at Metrograph on Monday, June 26, 2017, in New York. Photo by Brent N. Clarke | Invision.
‘Photo of Sitka Harbor and Native Village taken from Castle Hill, ca.1887, photo by the Partridge Studio. (Image courtesy of the Sitka History Museum)

Treaty of Cession: The Tlingit knew

Each year, Sitka marks Alaska Day with a reenactment of the Oct. 18, 1867, ceremony that transferred Alaska from Russia to the United States. Last… Continue reading

‘Photo of Sitka Harbor and Native Village taken from Castle Hill, ca.1887, photo by the Partridge Studio. (Image courtesy of the Sitka History Museum)